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Meet Ivan Silva and Eli Girgis of Fujin Studios in Westwood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ivan Silva and Eli Girgis.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Ivan and Eli. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
We are brothers — not the “from another mother” colloquially endeared type but actual, true-to-form brothers. It appeared that the universe had been colluding to give us a rough time at the start of 2016 and appropriately created circumstances that lead to our losing our jobs close to the same time just after the start of Spring. Despite the feeling of an “Alaskan Winter” having set upon us in April, this turned out to be a blessing we were simply unaware of at the time.

It was indeed a moment that would lead to regeneration and the blossoming of new endeavors in the coming months. We both have always been artistic fellows, curious & dedicated to pursuits of creativity that often permeated disciplines outside of photography (music, fashion, film, writing, etc.) however photography would be the one that would inspire our entrepreneurial interests. About to redline, we pooled our money and resources and invested in proper equipment and decided to enter a world that we both had no connections to at that time. We were never romantic about the idea that we would be immediately successful. We had the instinctive and acute awareness that this would consume our lives of the coming months as we educated ourselves and became familiar with the hard/software that would become our allies… Like anything, business started slow and sped up and slowed back down only to pick up again. We have built a repertoire of familiar real estate agents we routinely do business with, of which, some had photographers that they had been with for several years. We have used social media to find clients for other shoots such as family, fighter, band, graduation, etc. and thru active searching as well as quality of work, we feel very blessed for our past and future clients for their patronage. We are certainly not where we want to be in any sense of the phrase. We know we have plenty to learn to further perfect the craft and have only good sentiments about getting there.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Certainly not. Even though we still consider ourselves new to the game, expectedly, the initial conundrum was finding clients to believe in us. People like to spend money, not waste it. It was a burden that we welcomed and will be forever grateful to our first clients for entrusting us with capturing moments for their family albums, graduations, newborns, properties in need of photos to be placed on the market, up and coming bands and fighters, etc. Because of them, we are able to fine tune and build a repertoire of work that we can at the very least present to future clients.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Fujin Studios – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
The struggle when you want to be good at everything often results in being miles wide, inches deep – to not be a master at anything but simply a jack of all trades. We are most certainly not just dabblers that want a taste of everything but between the two of us, we cover a great range. With that said, presently our bread and butter is real estate photography but we don’t feel limited to or by this. It seems most photographers (and often with good reason) will stick to a particular world such as wedding photography, sports, etc., so beyond a selling point, I think that is something that sets us apart. Also, the time we spend. Either with an originally scheduled 30-minute photoshoot that we carry into 50 minutes or volume of photos we give to our clients (without sacrificing quality). If we guaranteed 10-15 photos for say a quick Mother’s Day photo but we have several more that we can honestly say we are proud of, we aren’t going to just hoard them on our hard drives. It seems silly to have such restrictions and not share those images if we can. Besides that, we’d say our pride comes in creating something ex nihilo. It’s a beautiful thing to dedicate yourself to something and harvest from that hard work.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Expand and grow most certainly. In terms of skill, business, equipment, it’s all in the works. Creatively, the biggest endeavor is to get into directing and producing short films.

Pricing:

  • Family Portraits – starting at $125
  • Real Estate – starting at $135
  • Lifestyle – starting at $150
  • Sport/Fighter – starting at $150

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Ivan Silva & Eli Girgis

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